Red Bull takes control of its destiny with Honda F1 engine deal: Mark Hughes

“Red Bull is too grown-up to be a customer team. This puts us in control”

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Red Bull’s confirmation that it will continue to run a Red Bull-branded Honda power unit after the Japanese manufacturer withdraws from F1 at the end of this season was widely expected. Once the F1 commission unanimously voted through the engine freeze from next year and until the new power unit regulations come into force, expected to be 2025, the danger of an ‘independent’ being out-gunned in development by Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault receded. Under the current tricky global circumstances, it’s good for Red Bull and for F1 as a whole.

What was not so widely anticipated was that the new Red Bull Powertrains group that has been founded to run the continuation project is set to be way more than just that. It’s a much longer term project which will see Red Bull designing and manufacturing its own engines even beyond the current power unit regulations.  It will finally release Red Bull from being at the mercy of an outside engine manufacturer.

“It seems the days of Red Bull threatening pull-outs are past”